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30 September, 2004

The Agony Of Kenneth Bigley
By Cahal Milmo

In a four-minute recording, broadcast on al-Jazeera, and designed to maximise the pressure on Tony Blair, Mr Bigley, 62, is shown accusing the Prime Minister of lying - before imploring him to meet his captors' demands

Depopulating Asia
By Bill Henderson

Peak oil is upon us, but very few understand the consequences. Very few understand the importance of the signal that the US is sending about how the US is going to react to peak oil

Even To Empire Rules Apply
By Jeff Berg

The unilateral invasion of Iraq marks a turning point in America's place in the world. It has brought to the fore in a way that not even the death of millions in Indo-China could the fact of U.S. financial and ecological mismanagement of the planets limited resources

Huntington's Paranoia
By Zawahir Siddique

Book review of Samuel P. Huntington's book "Who Are We? The Challenges to America’s National Identity" in which Huntington trains his guns on the Hispanics and African Americans

Media Culpability In The Continuum Of
Violence Against Women

By Lucinda Marshall

Stories about violence in the home are routinely trivialized as domestic matters and misogynist violence such as female genital mutilation and honor killings are dismissed as cultural norms

29 September, 2004

Does Anyone Remember Abu Ghraib?
By Robert Fisk

Kidnappers demand the release of women held prisoner by the Americans. Abu Ghraib is what they are talking about. Abu Ghraib? Anyone remember Abu Ghraib? Remember those dirty little snapshots?

The Emerging Samidzat
By John Pilger

Never, in my experience, has free journalism been as vulnerable to subversion on a grand, often unrecognisable scale. How do we react to this? My own view is that the immediate future lies with the emerging samidzat, the word for the unofficial media during the late Soviet period

Greenlanders Mystified By Incredible Shrinking Glacier
By Agence France Presse

The Groenlands Posten newspaper sent locals into a tizzy when a few weeks ago it described how the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, one of the most active glaciers in the world, had receded by more than five kilometers in the past two years

It's The Occupation Stupid!
By Am Johal

The Al Aqsa Intifada is a disaster for Israelis and Palestinians as it hits its fourth year with no significant advances, no real agreement in sight or an end to the violence

Politics In Demographics
By Ram Puniyani

The religion based census data can serve different types of purposes. If this opens our eyes to the plight of this community, poverty, illiteracy and insecurity and if we aim to redress it as a nation , the data will be worth its while

28 September, 2004

Oil Prices Hit Record $50
By Aljazeera

US oil prices reached a record $50 a barrel on Monday as Nigeria emerged as the latest focus for worries about supply in an already tight worldwide energy market

Vedic Olympics
By Satya Sagar

Satya Sagar figures out why India does not win Olympic golds and points out some easy ways for Indians to achieve that coveted goal

Toxic Pollution And Mass Killings In Iraq
By Ghali Hassan

The American use of "depleted" uranium (DU) munitions to attack Iraq in the 1991 and 2003 wars has unleashed a toxic disaster that is much more dangerous and deadly than the crimes committed on Vietnam by the use of Agent Orange

27 September, 2004

Is OPEC Losing Control Over Oil Price?
By Adam Porter

Despite repeated pronouncements about an increase in shipments, OPEC appears to be losing its ability to influence the price of oil

The Hypocrisy Over Beslan
By Joe Lauria

Terrorists who attack Russia have a reason grounded in political grievances while those who strike the United States do not

Abuse, Torture And Rape Reported At
Unlisted U.S.-Run Prisons In Iraq

By Lisa Ashkenaz Croke

"Nobody talks about it. All everyone talks about is Abu Ghraib because of the pictures," said Alomari. "But in these other places, there’s tons of acts of torture, abuse, rape."

Madonna, Mr. Big and Richard Gere
By Am Johal

The Israeli Tourism Authority, thinking of creative ways to lure visitors back to the Holy Land, has taken to organizing the high profile visits of Hollywood stars and pop divas to mixed reaction


24 September, 2004

Gujarat Government Is Obstructing Justice
Human Rights Watch Report

The government of the Indian state of Gujarat continues to obstruct justice and prevent accountability for the perpetrators of violence committed during communal riots in 2002 that left as many as 2,000 Muslims dead

Iconoclast, Or Lost Idol?
By S Anand

Periyar E.V. Ramasamy broke Ganesha idols, burnt Rama portraits. But his legacy has few takers today

The Women Of The Sangh
By Jyotirmaya Sharma

The Sangh relentlessly argues for the liberation, enlightenment, education and employment of Muslim women, something that it rejects in its notion of the ideal Hindu woman

23 September, 2004

Antarctic Glaciers Melting Faster
By Reuters

Glaciers once held up by a floating ice shelf off Antarctica are now sliding off into the sea -- and they are going fast

Fear Of Shortages Behind High Oil Prices
By Firas Al-Atraqchi

Walid Khadduri, editor of Middle East Economic Survey (MEES), believes fear of oil shortages in the future is behind the upsurge in today's energy prices

Counting The Civilian Cost In Iraq
By Matthew Davis

Thousands of Iraqi civilians have died as a result of conflict and its bloody aftermath - but officially, no one has any idea how many. Unofficial estimates of the civilian toll vary wildly, from at least 10,000 to more than 37,000

Culture And Dissent
By Am Johal

In Occupied Palestine, it is as if you live a dehumanized existence from the day you're born. You are uneqal. You feel it everyday in how power is exercised

Sparring Over A Seat
By Praful Bidwai

The operational issue for the moment is: How valuable is a permanent Security Council seat? Is it in the interest of global security that the Council be expanded without being reformed?

The Periyar Legatees
By Chandrabhan Prasad

On Periyar's 125th birth anniversary, Dalit intellectuals of Tamil Nadu are engaged in serious re-thinking on Periyar, who is fast emerging a social villain. Now, Dalits in Tamil Nadu are taking pride in distancing themselves from the Dravidian movemen

22 September, 2004

Global Warming May Spawn More Super-Storms
By Stephen Leahy

Hurricane Ivan, the incredibly powerful storm that killed at least 120 people in the Caribbean and southern United States, may be a harbinger of the Earth's hotter future

Still No Votes In Leipzig
By Jonathan Freedland

US policy now affects every citizen on the planet. So we should all have a say in who gets to the White House

Large Dams In India --Temples Or Burial Grounds?
By Angana Chatterji and Robert Jensen

"There is no future here; we are living out our days, focused on survival. The Narmada gave us life; they have turned her against us."

Proliferation Treaty
By George Monbiot

Of course Iran wants to develop nuclear weapons - and has the legal entitlement to do so

After Abu Ghraib
By Luke Harding

Huda Alazawi was one of the few women held in solitary in the notorious Iraqi prison. Following her release, she talks for the first time about her ordeal

What India, Pakistan Won't Talk About
By J. Sri Raman

Marked by polite smiles and prolonged handshakes, the process continues without making the least progress on the two life-and-death issues for the sub-continent's people- nuclear proliferation and Kashmir

21 September, 2004

Things Fall Apart
By Patrick Cockburn

Things are falling apart in Iraq.Between them, suicide bombers targeting Iraqi police and US air strikes aimed at rebels have killed some 300 Iraqis since last Saturday - many of them were civilians

The Final Verdict: Iraq Had No WMD
By Julian Borger

The comprehensive 15-month search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has concluded that the only chemical or biological agents that Saddam Hussein's regime was working on before last year's invasion were small quantities of poisons, most likely for use in assassinations

US Soldiers Shoot First,No Questions Asked
By Gethin Chamberlain

His name was Ahmed Hameed and he was 36 years old. He had taken the wrong turning up to the checkpoint on the July 14 Bridge.And that was the end of him

The Resort To Force
By Noam Chomsky

Clinton's 1998 bombings of Sudan and Afghanistan created bin Laden as a symbol, forged close relations between him and the Taliban, and led to a sharp increase in support, recruitment, and financing for Al Qaeda, which until then was virtually unknown

The Diplomat Of Sheikh Jarrah
By Am Johal

Every regulatory burden imposed by israel has broader purpose to weaken the Palestinian urban existence in places like Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa and to shift central services to the Israeli centers of town

Indian Census: For A Better Understanding
By Yasser Arafath. P. K.

The Hindutwa forces are using the finding of the latest census report to whip up communal frenzy. But we must take a closer look and understand the broader prespectives

17 September, 2004

Ivan Hits America:Jeanne On The Way
By David Usborne

No one wanted to hear it, but another hurricane, Jeanne, was tracked westwards through the Caribbean last night, just north of Puerto Rico and was expected to strike the United States mainland, probably somewhere on Florida's east coast, late this weekend

Enough Already
By Dr. Trudy Bond

Enough already. I’ve decided there are no new editorials for me to read. Nothing to help me understand why the American people are standing by and watching the total chaos and destruction of the American government

'A State Cannot Indefinitely Stand Against The World'
By John Dugard & Victor Kattan

An interview with John Dugard, UN Special Rapportuer for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

What I Saw At Babri Masjid
By Jeff Penberthy

Jeff Penberthy, then Time's bureau chief in New Delhi,who was present when Babri Masjid was demolished, gives an account of what he saw on December 6, 1992

Navayana-Provoking Debates
By Shanta Gokhale

Three of the first four titles released by Navayana , the new publishing house launched to open up for public debate issues of caste and identity politics ignored by mainstream publishers, are about dalithood, its manifestation, expression and representation in public life and literature

16 September, 2004

Washington's Secret Nuclear War
By Shaheen Chughtai

Illegal weapons of mass destruction have not only been found in Iraq but have been used against Iraqis and have even killed US troops. The US has dropped tonnes of depleted uranium on Iraq

Profit Knows No Caste
By Chandrabhan Prasad

The Indian industry should free itself from "caste interest", and democratise its workforce. It is in the private sector's interest to earn more. If a Dalit engineer creates more value, then the industry must prefer Dalits to non-Dalits











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